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    August 15, 2009
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hello, everybody. from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday morning." it is august 15th. good morning. >> good morning. good to see you. >> good to see you, too. >> we need to reintroduce ourselves. it's been a month. you had a lot of stuff going on. i was gone for a second. but we're back. >> we're back. the show is back on with the team. reynolds is here it ageesing to be a good day. >> it's 6:00 a.m. in atlanta, georgia, 5:00 a.m. in michigan, 3 cls a.m. in california. thank you for starting your day
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with us. we're going to be talking about what a lot have been talking about in this country the past few week, health care. we're talking about hometown halls, including one in grand junction, colorado. special guest there i guess we should say, the president doing that one with. also atlanta, chicago, all over the place. we'll be braeging them down. also, where the democrats and republicans agree on health care. >> that's what people want to know. we've seen the debate, but where do they come together on the issue. >> they actually do. this something we'll be talking about. the wildfires out there in california. they have been fighting these for days. people weaking up near santa cruz facing more evacuations. in fact, a state of emergency has been issued. again, this thing started on wednesday, eight square miles burned, only 15% contained. we're going to get you the latest on the fires and how many people it's affecting today. also, a little something we have for you this morning, f fantas
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fantasia, for "american idol" be fans. there she is. we'll explain why she's in a robe. >> fantasia is back. many people remember she was in the color purple a few years ago, show was huge, then she disappeared for a while. she missed the show for a while. she had a very serious health issue going on. she opens up about that and also getting her ged. she never got the it. she's going to be taking the test the, hopefully getting that. a lot going on with her. >> very interesting stuff. we're going to begin with this. serious news to talk about this morning, especially since this happened overnight. tighter security ahead of the presidential elections, a suicide bomber set off a car bomb in kabul. at least seven people were killed, close to 100 injured. the explosion went off nato security headquarters and the u.s. embassy. the taliban which has vowed to disrupt next thursday's
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elections sz claiming responsibility. memorial services in happened in taiwan this morning to remember victims of the typhoon morakot. it spawned the worst flooding and landslides there in 50 years. over 100 people confirmed dead. the death toll, however, could exceed 500. we'll have a live report in our next hour. and michael vick expected to report to his first practice with the philadelphia eagles today. a lot of people talking about this. he signed a two-year deal worth $6 million. vick joins the team just a month after completing his sentence for running a dogfighting ring. vick has vowed to campaign for animal rights and says he knows what he did was "a bunch of terrible things." some people are okay with vick getting back into the game while others not so much. we want to know what you think, though. send us a message on facebook and twitter. we're going to read some of your comments on the air, but you can always reach out to us on facebook, twitter, cnn.com/blog,
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weekends@cnn. so many ways. we want to hear from you today. all right. well, you've seen this. a lot going on with health care. this could be a make or break month for health care reform. a lot of these town halls across the country, how would you describe them? spirited. let's say that. >> contested? >> there's that as well. but more happening today. democratic congressman pete stark holding three in california. up in the bay area. he represents the east bay, the district up there. in grand junction, colorado, this afternoon the president holds his own town hall meeting on health care. >> danny davis has one this morning in chicago as well. opponents will hold eye rally in atlanta and in jonesboro. >> the president will be in colorado, his family traveling with him. not the exactly the typical summer vacation. >> no, no.
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instead of the station wagon they, of course, have air force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to
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take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep getting the bull. that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you're going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> look, you are absolutely right that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> reporter: but the president did not shrink from the challenge and vowed again he will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for the difference. >> when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said that for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who have got a little bit less. >> reporter: but many agree that's easier said than done and
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so that leaves it to baucus to figure out the pesky details for how to pay for it. white house aides privately acknowledge his panel is the last best hope of getting a bipartisan deal. the weeks of negotiations in washington have thus far come up empty. and white house aides acknowledge when congress returns to work in september the window on reaching a deal will be closing fast. if they hope to meet the president's deadline of the end of the year. ed henry, cnn, big sky, montana. >> as you see there, our ed henry is following the president on this trip. we'll hear from him live in our 8:00 eastern hour from montana. if you want to know more about the heming ca the health care debate, check out the health care in america website on cnn.com, the latest on town hall meetings, and more news. cnn.com/healthcare. we want to get you back to our developing story right now. despite today's bombing in afghanist
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afghanistan's nato forces say they feel confident they can secure the electrics just five days away we are in kabul. first tell us what's the latest with the attack that happened overnight. >> reporter: what we're hearing right now betty is there are at least seven killed and at least 91 injured and several international assistance force deaths. this is their headquarters in kabul. today they were attacked, this car bomb shook up the city of kabul, shook up our bureau as everyone else in kabul, we went up on our roof and saw smoke bellowing up. when we went to the scene we weren't allowed to get close being but when we spoke to the witnesses there, they told us there is a big crater for where the bomb went off. we later went to the hospital to speak to victims, and they were very shaken up. their families waiting outside also shaken up. we asked them, five days away from the afghan elections,
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willing they even go out and vote? i spoke to a 21-year-old girl there in the hospital being treated. she told me that today's bomb made her decision for her and she will not go out and vote. when i spoke to her mother and grandmother, they said the same exact theng. they said it's been 30 years now that they haven't had a government that can secure them and they don't think that their vote will even count. betty? >> what is the government saying in light of all this? the election just five days away, are they prepared for the kind of security that's needed? >> reporter: i think with the ideology of some of these attackers there's no way that you can prepare yourself. when there's someone that's willing to kill himself to bring are out his ideology, not even a security blimp that's been hovering over the city for the past week, a blimp that has brought some sort of false security to the people here because it monitors every and each move throughout the capital. but this suicide bomber, this car had passed many checkpoints before are he made it to the
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security gate, a gate very well protected and under tight security. and also these service members also injured in the blast, a huge attack, one of the biggest since february. >> so far seven killed. atia, thank you for that. and to really understand what is going on in afghanistan and why where we're over there, we invite you to watch christiane amanpour's documentary are tonight. it starts at 8:00 eastern. betty, thank you. reynolds keeping an eye on this smings, dry conditions out there are, a few fires out in california right now. we've got two main ones. i'll tell you and show you one fire up in santa cruz. this one is called the lockheed fire. eight square miles we're told. this is some of the newest fire video we have are gotten. you can see overnight video here, the fire burning eight square miles burned so far. not sure how much this is contained, anywhere from zero to 15% possibly.
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a lot of firefighters on the scene. this is some other video we can show you now that i believe we got the day before ar. we're told about 1500 firefighters trying to work this thing out. what kind of help or hurt is the weather putting on? >> unfortunately, the mediterranean-style climate you have in this part of the world is not helpful. wildfire have been happening in this part of the world for millions of years. very dry summers obviously, very strong winds that pop up along the coast. with that, vegetation tends to be dry. you get the chaparral, the california oaks very dry wood there. these guys will have their hands full for quite some time. the lockheed fire, you talked about that, the labria fire in santa barbara count country, 10% to 15%, 67,000 acres have burned. let's roll that video again. i'm going to give you an idea of how this is forming. high above you see the fires just beginning to really pick
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up. as we go to the wall for a moment, let me give you an illustration, just how all of this unfolds. let's put this into motion. you'll notice the fires, what happens they tend to set the middle, bottom of the hill. when you have the upslope winds, they tie in with a lot of the dry chaparral, they get to the dry trees and it goes up like a tinder box. very tough conditions. another process we often see when it comes to these issues, we'll show you what happens when you have what we refer to as crowning. what happens is you have the trees where you have the fires that come on through, they scorch the trees, dry them out. eventually those flames are going to go from tree dos top to treetop. they refer to that as a kroining effect. that's one with of the reasons you see the flames shooting up like a hundred feet. the winds aren't helping. let's show you what's happening with tropical storm anna.
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just named a tropical storm, brings the storm closer as we go toward monday and into tuesday, just north of, say, the dominican republic. as we get into tuesday bei, the storm passes, bringing it into the balm haws as a tropical storm, just below hurricane force at 2:00 a.m. thursday, winds around 70 miles per hour, just moving north. a lot can happen between now, tomorrow and certainly over the next 36 hours. so we're going to watch this very carefully for you. anna, the first named storm of the atlantic hurricane season. let's send it back to you guys. busy morning. >> no question. >> once again, the bahamas are going to get soaked in the coming days? >> i would say anyone who has plans to go to the bahamas maybe on tuesday, they may have issues. might get rain. >> hope they can adjust. those poor folks. >> maybe things will change between now and then. >> you bet. you have seen her in movies
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and a really popular network soap opera. i guess you can figure out who i'm talking about. she's there with morgan freed man, samuel l. jackson. what happens when victoria goes off grill? >> i, as you know, grew up as a farmer in rural maine. so when i arrived in roxbury, massachusetts, everybody was looking at me like i had a third eye. >> a third eye. i don't know if anybody accused her of having a third eye. she wrote an essay for a book we're going to talk about. something about two languages that african-americans use to speak. one a white corporate language, if you will, and another an ebon icks language that black people choose to speak sometimes. she will explain that. a candid interview coming up with her. >> that's going to be interesting stuff. plus, where were you this weekend back in 1969? ♪
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>> he was pretty good with the guitar. >> you think? jimmy hendrix? >> he was all right. >> i agree, that will get you up. >> we're going to talk more about him because this is going to be a lot of -- >> woodstock, 40 years. >> can you believe that? before you guys were born. i was shortly thereafter, but that's a story for another time. we have great events to start with, start off with the foreign wars national convention taking place in phoenix, arizona. i want you to notice how things really change in terms of kind of the focus. we're going from the veterans of foreign wars to the air and water show in chicago, which happens to be one of the oldest and largest free air and water shows in the u.s. then we go to woodstock music festival, from that to the international gift fair. >> what is that? >> well, you know, sometimes you like to give gifts and sometimes you like to do so internationally. so they have a little fair which
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they refer to as the international gift fair. you use your imagination from that. next up we have the american chemical society meeting. if you're really into testing chemicals, you like that, good times for you. but then, the seattle hempfest, where the largest marijuana legalization festival is, because they think about hemp and how it's used for clothing and rope, nothing for anything else. >> nobody is smoking it. >> of course not. why would you do that at a hempfest? >> why did you get all of these different events? you went from a yo-yo competition, international gift fair to the hempfest. >> the thing is, you want to go to all those events, then hit up the yo-yo contest. it actually took place in orlando, actually 250 contestants from 20 countries all coming together. you see them, it's amazing. it's kooky, crazy, weird. you wonder how they are doing it. you have to have great focus to do this stuff. are they athletes?
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maybe so. in a very strange way. >> olympic event? probably not. >> maybe not. but if you look at some of the olympic events, you may wonder, why are they? then you'll go back to yo-yos and maybe so. >> that's pretty advanced since walking the dog. >> walking the dog, cradle rocker and all that stuff. they're good with what they do. it's a beautiful thing to see. go down there. >> all right. >> and what else are you going to do in orlando? >> you know what you should be doing this weekend, celebrating those who really took part in the event, remember it well, the 40th anniversary of woodstock. can you believe it's been 40 years? >> again, you were here soon after. >> not that my parents were inspired. come on. they love jimi hendrix. >> the original concert was 1969, august 15th through the 18th, at a dairy farm in new york? >> over four days, the who, grateful dead, janice joplin and
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jimi hendrix. the lines were with so long, traffic was so bad a lot of people got stuck. those who got in had quite a time. >> that was hempfest 1969. no, no, no. yeah, we'll be talking a lot about woodstock this morning as well. also, health care. what do legislators actually agree on it? josh levs. good morning. >> good morning. we keep hearing about the rancor, but there are places both sides agree. when you look, we realize some of what probably will change about health care in america. we're going to show you. every head. every bite. every gallon. every shoe. every book. every cereal. well, maybe not every cereal. but every stem. every stitch. every tune. every toy. pretty much everything you buy can help your savings account grow because keep the change from bank of america rounds up every debit card purchase to the next dollar and transfers the difference from your checking to savings account.
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all right. so we've heard a lot about the disagreements over health care reform, but is there anything that lawmakers actually agree on? >> you wouldn't think so, given a lot of what you watch on tv, but they actually do. josh levs looks at what likely will will make it through congress. >> we've been hearing the disagreement from the halls of washington and echoing across the country. what we want to do for a couple of minutes is focus in on what where many democrats and
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republicans agree across the aisle on health care. to help us do that, we have two lawmakers joining us from the same state. representative marsha black burn is joining us, representative steve cohen, both from tennessee. thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> this is an interesting article in "usa today" that lists places there's agreement for democrats and republicans. representative blackburn, do you agree that there should be government subsidies to help low-income americans buy health insurance? >> i think there's a way that government subsidies can be done and certainly many of us who have served in state legislatures have looked for ways to voucher people into a private system. >> representative cohen, what about you? do you see government subsidies to help low-income americans buy health insurance? >> unquestionably. we do that with medicaid, great program lyndon johnson signed it into law 40 years ago, great program referred to as socialism at the time but american as apple pie today. >> lawmakers pretty much across
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the board they say want to see increased competition including something like a marketplace in which people would be able to compare and contrast the different insurance plans and have more options. th is that a principle you both want to see? >> newt gingrich has pushed forward like a travelocity a concept where you could go in and compare rates and compare what is offered in insurance plans. that greater transparency will help lead to greater competition and that is something that is badly needed in the health insurance market. >> representative cohen, are you pretty close on that one? >> i think so. the exchange would be an opportunity on the national level for people to compare the different insurance policies offered and the public plan would keep them honest. >> i think you both agree with this, preventing insurance companies from refusing to cover preexisting conditions. >> yes. i think that what we have to look at here is that for those who have pre-existing conditions, as they go into the
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insurance market, there needs to be some kind of risk pooling that they can move into for a period of time with those pre-existing conditions. >> i agree with congressman plaqueburn, but if she said for a while in going into a pool, pre-existing conditions are generally with you until your death. people, it's going to cost more to have people in insurance pools with pre-existing conditions. that's going to cost them money wherever it is. if it's in the private sector there needs to be a force to keep the private sector forces from getting up too high. >> how far apart honestly do you think your parties really are in coming to resolution. >> probably as far apart as the two sides of the grand canyon. >> i think what we have is not so much a partisan divide as it is a philosophical divide. >> i tell you, we all hope that if you're on opposite sides of the grand canyon, these places where you agree can surface a bridge. a lot of people counting on that
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ultimately happening. thank you so much to both of you. >> good to be with you. >> always nice to be with congressman blackburn. >> we do insigvite you to send r questions to our 4:00 p.m. eastern hour, dedicated to getting your answers to health care. let's turn to afghanistan, a blast, some damage was done and a few people dead in this as well. we'll tell you who's claiming responsibility for it. president obama, he is taking the kids to yellowstone. our reynolds wolf was there this year. he'll show you what the first family can expect.
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hello and welcome back, everybody, on this saturday morning. i'm betty nguyen. >> good morning. i'm t.j. holmes. 6:30 a.m. here where we sit, the president is in grand junction, colorado. thanks for starting your day here. let's get to the top story, a huge suicide blast rocked kabul, afghanistan, this morning, just days before the presidential election there. at least seven people were killed, but close to 100 more have been injured. cnn terrorism analyst peterbergen was just a few miles from the explosion. >> reporter: perceived to be much larger than anything i've experienced before and certainly given the fact that i'm several miles north it was loud enough
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so that everybody in the place i'm staying in ran out to see what was happening. i wouldn't say the security is sort of outrageously tight. i mean, clearly there is a great deal of concern, but you can travel around most of these streets of kabul with no problem. you know, there are routinely traffic jams every day. there is no lockdown right now, you know. that may change on election day, but to be honest with you, just on the surface level, the security in kabul doesn't look a great deal different than it does in any other trip i've been here. >> the taliban which has vowed to disrupt next thursday's elections is claiming responsibility. investigators looking into last week's collision over new york's hudson river. that video is just amazing to see that. somebody actually caught that on tape. now investigators are taking a closer look at an air traffic controller. of course, nine people died in that crash when that helicopter collided with the small plane there. wow, the controller supposedly
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failed to warn the pilot about traffic. union leaders argue he couldn't have done anything to prevent the crash. they say the helicopter didn't come up on radar until seconds after the crash. well, it is the biggest bank failure of the year and likely the most costly according to experts. federal officials have shut down colonial bank which has more than 300 branches in the south. the closure expected to cost x taxpayers almost $3 million. branches are expected to be back open today. bb & t is based in winston sail am north carolina, will buy the bank. it is a major mortgage lender. by the way, four banks in nevada, arizona, and pennsylvania are also closed. all right. sometimes when you go on vacation you just have to do a little work while you're gone. >> yeah. can't help it. in the day and age of
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blackberries and iphones, they can find you anywhere. >> so the president has a little family vacation going right now, however, doing a lot of work on his vacation. he's in montana, heading to colorado. this is a working trip. >> oh, absolutely. he's going to take some time off today, though, to visit yellowstone national park with the first family. but then it is back on the road for more town halls to continue the pitch for health care reform. but yesterday at a town hall in montana, the focus was on the insurance companies. >> as you know, the health insurance companies are in favor of health care reform and have a number of very good proposals before congress to work with government to provide insurance for the uninsured and cover individuals with pre-existing conditions. why is it that you changed your strategy from talking about hemi health care reform to health insurance reform and decided to vilify the insurance companies? >> my intent is not to vilify
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insurance companies. if i was vilifying them, what we'd be doing is to say that private insurance has no place in the health care market and some people believe that. i don't believe that. what i've said is, let's work with the existing system. we've got private insurers out there. but what we do have to make sure of is that certain practices that are very tough on people, that those practices change. >> all right. well, several other town hall meetings are planned. they are in colorado, california, and georgia later today. as we mentioned, the president going to be stopping by yellowstone national park, be there around 11:30 this morning local time. recommend reynolds you were there not too long ago. you had two different stories you brought out of there, one gloom and doom essentially. >> which made you want to go quickly before it blew up. but ha's not the one we'll talk about this morning. >> the other one was definitely
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a draw. the president, first family makes their way to yellowstone, they'll see all kinds of animals, buy son, grizzlies, geysers. but i'll tell you, they're also going to be one of the finest americans have ever had the chan of meeting. he's called yellowstone home the past 40 summers. it's the reaction you hear nearly every 90 minutes at yellowstone national park. after 43 summers at the old faithful geyser, sam holbrook still finds it equally inspiring. as a park ranger, he observes each eruption, takes notes and explains the phenomena to the thousands visiting each and every day. >> interruptions lasts about four minutes generally. about one minute up high, about 130 feet, then it starts down for three minutes coming back down. >> reporter: for sam, there are lots of questions. >> 7:05, plus or minus ten
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minutes. about an hour. >> how many times do you get that question each day? >> you're out here roaming for about two hours at a time. people stand and watch me answer that question. they say, you should put a sign on your chest. don't you get tired of that? no, i never do. you're talking to people. that question comes up and then right after that, two or three more questions. >> reporter: let me guess, it's when does the geyser erupt? the second is, where's the bathroom? >> how many gallons of water does it spray out? >> how many gallons of water. 8,000 gallons of boiling water. every hour and a half. >> reporter: sharing that information is all natural for this former science teacher. >> where with else can you find a job where you get to be outdoors, talk to people, see the light turn on in their face, give them some information they're so excited about. i am thrilled to be here. people say, how do you get a job this? i'm not going to tell you. grab you a seat here, folks, because it's going to fill up. >> reporter: while he calls it a job, he definitely doesn't think
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of this as work. >> and i'm 77 years old so how much longer have i got to work a 40-hour week? i don't have to work a 40-hour week, but i love it here. this is not work. i'd probably do this for nothing, but don't tell the park service that. >> reporter: fitting words for a man as true to this park as the old faithful geyser itself. one of the greatest things about this guy is you know what's happened. people have come through with their kids, maybe in their 30s, 40s, they've been there years ago with their parents and may have met sam right there at old faithful. i mean, he's a really, truly one of the great things about the park. to many people, just as important, say, as old faithful or yellowstone lake or any of the grizzlies. >> did you just compare him to a bear? >> i think i did. he's not as mean as a grizzly. >> but he's doing something he loves. when they say, they don't have to pay me to do this, but don't tell me boss that. >> i think they know. absolutely.
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>> recommend reynolds, thanks. what do you think of these town hall meetings on health care? the latest poll show it affects the way people think about the protesters. also, she grew up on a farm and became a successful actress. you'll recognize her there. my chit chat with victoria raul, how childhood formed her family values today. this is crazy. you. let's run a free upgrade check. see if you're due for a new smartphone. don't i need to go to my carrier's store for that? no, you don't have to. we sell phones and plans on all the major networks. ok. well, is time travel possible? yes, i am from the future. announcer: phones, plans, and advice from thousands of people eager to help.
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cnn continues its conversation about black in america 2. we're looking at the story behind this book, a family affair", personal narratives from people of walks of life. one of the essays in there is from a familiar face, that face. actress and author victoria rowell. i guess it's fair to say you're a friend of our show on "cnn saturday morning." >> thank you. >> why did you want to be a part of this? first brought to you by the author, why does it sound like something you want to be awe a part of? >> because i think family has many different faces an colors. i thought i might have something to offer in that respect because i come from a collective, a quilting of people that raised me. so i think i was right. >> i think you were with right. your essay, which i read, i pulled a few things i want to share. the first one here, it says "unifying one's own fray to
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bring about change is an offensive not defensive action and it should be applauded. but we've moved away from that mindset in this day and age, where everything has to be flashgy and fast." what do you mean? >> we live in a glossy world, and i think it's really important for us to get ourselves back as family, get our children back to basics. that we don't have to run out and make something happen. we have it within ourselves, within our own nucleus, within the home, really teaching our kids that home is sacred. >> another one i pulled which will get a lot of people's attention and you don't hear talked about that much, "i speak two languages, corporate white american english and black american patois. although some call it ebon icks, i do not refer to it in this
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somewhat derogatory manner." this is not something that comes out that people talk about openly, but conversations black people have behind the scenes. >> absolutely. i as you know grew up as a farmer in rural maine. so when i arrived into roxbury, massachusetts, everyone was looking at me like i had a third eye. i learned a whole different language when i got to roxbury, and i feel that african-americans, like anyone who comes from a different country, is speaking a different language at home. it's just our paois. it's what we have derived i think from the whole journey. and where we were not able to retain custom from different tribes from the continent of africa, we have derived from that experience, develop our own
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language. so when we go into the board room, it's going to be something else. whereas when we come home, it's tongue. so there are two tongues. >> but do you find that black americans have a difficult time or feel uncomfortable using that tone they might have at home out in public. some may even say it's inappropriate. when you say ebon ick, which sounds derogatory to some. >> i think some people refer to it as being phony. i don't see it as being phony. i think if you're going to be in the corporate world, whether you're tongue may be from indonesia, you're going to speak necessarily the king's english in the boardroom. i think it it's just a necessity if you're going to be a player in corporate america. and that's how i look at it. i don't think that it's being false. i think it's being professional. >> all right. i'll wrap up here talking about
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you. a lot of people curious about you, what you're doing, what you'll be up to. we remember when you left you were with here with us on our show right after you had left the soap opera. >> yes. >> there was still the open possibility of that character coming back. you had fallen off a clip or something. >> this is true. >> but we never saw the body. >> never saw the body. >> so is that a possibility? >> always. >> that's always a possibility. >> because soap operas thrive on ghosts, you know. so there's always a possibility of drucilla coming back. >> there she is. >> you never know. working on that next book about daytime, secrets of a soap opera diva. so we'll see what happens there. >> the book is happening. the other thing finally, a big thing happened in your life not too long ago. wu were were bouncing around when you walked in the studio here. that is because you were just married a couple of months back. >> yes. to a fabulous painter, rad cliff bailey.
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there we are. >> the "new york times" picture we have. you look happy there. you seem happy now. >> i'm quite happy. it it's great. >> that's great. >> it's really great. >> congratulations. we're looking forward to the next book. congratulations for all the success from the first book. you're welcome back here anytime. >> thank you so much. >> good to see you. >> i love her. she has an incredible since of calmness about her. she knows her place, her being. she just has it. >> she's been around, done a lot. spending more time in atlanta because he is from atlanta. she was out in l.a., spending a lot of time here now. the first book, she was here when she left the soap opera, fell off the cliff, "women who raised me," talked about those women who have been part of her life. still on tour with that book, even signing books in atlanta today. she's still out there doing this. but the interesting point, you and i were sitting here talking about, the two languages that people speak. she made, like you said, a valid point there about you're one way at home, it doesn't make it
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inappropriate, it just means you have to be professional in the boardroom. she called it white corporate, but corporate speak. >> it's just the way of doing business these days. well, imagine this, folks. driving 135 miles an hour from baltimore to new york. actually, not an hour. just 135 miles. it would be pretty fast if you're going that speed. imagine running in extreme heat while you're doing that 1 thit 5 miles. 86 people did that. we followed them through the bad water ultramarathon. tom. now, i know the catering business but when i walked in here i wasn't sure what i needed. i'm not sure what i need. tom showed me how to use mifi to get my whole team working online, on location. i was like, "woah". woah ! only verizon wireless has small business specialists in every store to help you do business better. you're like my secret ingredient. come in today and connect up to five devices on one 3g connection. now only $99.99
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we're about to tell you about not taking it easy at all, as the eagles sing. it's a challenge like no other. a 135-mile run up three mountains in 120-degree heat. the annual bad water ultramarathon in california has been called the hardest footrace in the world. something ashley fan knows firsthand. >> reporter: this is death valley, california. every july 90 runners gather
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here in this boiling desert that reaches 120 degrees. they'll run 135 miles in the hardest footrace in the world. the band water ultramarathon, 135 miles. that's like running from baltimore to new york with a million blow dryers pointed in your face. battling sleep deprivation and altitude, runners start at 282 feet below sea level, climb more than 13,000 feet across three mountain ranges to finish on mt. whitney. >> you have to dig deeper than you've ever dug, and it's like to experience this with your family and friends and just the beauty of it all, it really brings me back an the people, the runner, the crew, it's like a little family. it's something you get drawn to. >> i felt deeply connected to the earth and everything that encompasses the desert. to some people it's just a place. to me, it's really a spiritual
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place. >> reporter: this how i spent my summer vacation. i went to band water to up my game. plan a was observe and report. when a race official says, hey, you should run the first 17 miles, i went to plan b. it's crazy. >> that is awesome. we have the sun coming out now. i'm excited. >> good attitude. i think maybe 80% of this thing is attitude, right? >> that's the same guy at mile 72 having a needle put -- >> oh, my goodness. see that callous or whatever it was on her foot. ashley fan joining us now. first of all, can you explain what that was? was that your foot? >> no, no. that was someone else's foot. >> oh, good. >> no. inevitably people are going to have their feet turn into pizza, very, very blistered. >> this is morning television. can you take it down? >> maybe i should take it down a notch. >> you are a little hard core, but this is an ultramarathon, right?
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why would people want to do this? >> there are different reasons people do it. it's a bit of an understatement to say that they want challenge, but i like to think as the band water more a pilgrimage through the desert than a race. it's 135 miles. you're going to stop every now and then and eat and maybe you'll have a little bit of sleep. you're talking about an altitude battle, dealing with sleep deprivation. you have a 60-hour time limit, but the prize is a belt buckle and you need to come in in 48 hours to get that. there's no money in it. >> so they do it because they love it, apparently. how long do you have to train? what do you need to do to get ready for something that difficult? >> you need to train for the road and train for the heat. so most people are out there eight, nine hours a day smiexz sometimes. and they have jobs, too. they'll get up at 3:00 in the morning and they'll run. when they come home, they'll run. a lot of times they'll work out in the sauna to get that dry heat. >> oh, my goodness. well, interesting you say about
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30% fall out. maybe they do literally fall out. >> they do fall out. they collapse. yes, yes. you have to have a crew with you and it's required that you have a crew with a medical person that can monitor your vitals just to make sure that you're hydrated, that you're sane, too, because you're in the desert. it's very hot. there is sleep deprivation. you're probably going to hallucinate a little bit. >> see an oasis, and it's nothing but sand. >> exactly. >> obviously they're not sane if they're starting the race. interesting story this morning. could have done without the foots as pizza. >> your sanity as well. >> it's good. you haven't had breakfast yet. trying to help. >> it would be coming up if i had. we want you to take a look at this remarkable video. this is a rescue mission. in fact, they're continuing today in taiwan. thousands of people are still trapped because of that typhoon there. our correspondent john vause is
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we've been asking you this morning, in light of michael vick signing with the philadelphia eagles, what do you think about it? we've gotten a lot of comments from you. you've been talking to us via facebook and twitter. want to read some of those right now. let's go to my fies book page. edward says, let this roadshow begin. all the protesters, media, eagles just grabbed a big-time distraction. twitter, smoky c-4 says, i will never watch the eagles play football again. what vick did is unforgivable. theb then you go down here and you've got jmg 1995 who says, he has an opportunity to impact the community just by doing his job and being a good citizen. i hope he does well. a lot of people not so happy about it, don't want to let go of what occurred. but others are saying, look, he did his time. so let the man earn a living. we're going to see a lot of people talking on both sides of
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this issue as he starts, what, when does he go to practice? >> should start practice today. between, he's going back for a decent chunk of change, 1.6 million for the first year, 5 million option for the second year. he's in a good system, established quarterback there, coach. >> he was key on getting vick on the team, wasn't he? >> he actually recruited vick to come to syracuse back in college. it didn't work out, but still he's known him for a long time. hopefully he's got a good group of folks around him. always send us facebook, twitter, our blog as well. there it is. there are. nice picture there. >> the way to find us, very easy, facebook, twitter, weekends@cnn.com. or our blog. we want to hear from you today. let us know what you think.
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hey there, everybody. from the cnn center this is "cnn saturday morning" for this august 15th, i'm t.j. holmes. >> good morning. i'm betty nguyen.
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it's 7:00 a.m. here in atlanta, 5:00 a.m. in grand junction, colorado. thanks for starting your day with us. in grand junction being colorado, there will be a big town hall and guess who's going to be there? president obama. grand junction really has quite a health care plan in place. in fact, it could be a model for the rest of the nation. we'll break that down for you as well. also, we're going to break down where the democrats and the republicans actually agree on the issue of health care. and also a lot of people mo assistance. a lot of people are lining up, a national assistance corporation of america. they travel around, have a tour trying to help people get -- they work with lenders to try to get the mortgage rates down. well, a lot of people showed up just outside this it building in atlanta, up to 10,000 we're told. we'll let you know how this is working for some, but it's not necessarily working for others. we'll explain that, our mortgage
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expert will be there clyde anderson. first, the top stories overnight to tell you about. despite tighter security ahead of the presidential elections, a suicide bomber set off a car bomb today in afghanistan's capital of kabul. at least seven dead, about 100 injured. this explosion went off near nato security headquarters as well as the u.s. embassy. the taliban which has vowed to disrupt next thursday's elections is claiming responsibility. listen up, folks. starting today you're going to have to give your birth date and your gender when booking a flight. the new requirement is part of a program that will eventually put federal authorities in complete control of checking passenger identification. the transportation safety administration says the additional information will help increase security while making sure innocent people are not mistakenly identified as those on the terrorist watch list. and memorial services happening in parts of taiwan today to remember victims of typhoon morakot. the typhoon slammed into taiwan saturday spawning the worst
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landslides and flooding in 50 years. as much as 100 inches of rain fell in taiwan, more than 100 people confirmed dead. officials say the death toll could go as high as 500. let's get to that massive rescue operation to help the victims of typhoon morakot. more than 1,000 villagers are trapped in villages blocked by mudslides and heavy flooding. cnn senior correspondent john vause joins us live from taiwan. john, talk to us about the devastation and what's going on to find the people who are trav trapped. >> reporter: well, betty, riegh now with nightfall, those operations are winding down. all day again today rescue crews continue to push on into the mountainous regions by foot, by air, by suv, trying to reach the people who are still waiting to be evacuated. the government says that right now as of tonight 1,375 people are still waiting to get out. and there are still some dramatic rescues.
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on friday, a local taiwanese crew filmed this man trying to cross a very fast-moving river. he was clinging to his safety rope when he was almost washed away. they reported his two sons looking on. rescue workers nearby convinced him to let go of that safety rope. when he did, they grabbed him and took him to safety. i was at that river yesterday and saw a number of people in a similar situation, being swept away and then rescued. today here in taiwan, though, was a chance to remember those who did not make it, in particular in one village where it's believed the most number of people died. there on the mud the survivors gathered and as tradition here in taiwan they burrought money, had gifts for the dead to bring into the afterlife. some of the survivors told cnn they don't want that village rebuilt. instead they want it made into a permanent memorial. they just want the dead now to be able to rest in peace. there's also grieving today for a volunteer rescue worker who
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died and taiwan's president was there. he did what he's been doing a lot of in recent days. he offered his apology. >> translator: we can do it better. we can act more quickly. but we didn't do it better. we weren't quick enough. of course we express our apologies. >> reporter: the president and his government have been condemned for their handling of this disaster. their next challenge will be the recovery. some say that could take a year, probably more, betty. >> john, i want to get back to just those remarkable pictures that are coming out from the river crossings where people are being rescued. i understand you tried to cross a river yesterday as well. talk to us about what that experience was like. >> reporter: well, we got there yesterday and they set up a system of harnesses and pulleys to get the villagers out. about 300 people came out via
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that harness system. it's about 200 feet up, a straight drop right down onto some very jagged rocks into that fast moving water. some people decided what we saw that they didn't want to do the harness. they thought they'd take their chances in the river. that turned out to be pretty dangerous. that harness system is no longer working. the cables started to slack, worried that the cables would in fact snap if they continued to be used. at one point i was actually stuck on the other side and i had to make that trip through the river a little bit further downstream. it was a little slower moving down there, a lot easier to get through where those people were trying to cross. but all in all it's a very harrowing experience no matter which way you want to do it. >> just an example that they are trying anything and everything they can to rescue those trapped villagers. john, thank you so much much. we do appreciate it. we'll check in with you very shortly. we will turn back to the housing crisis, mortgage crisis
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we've been seeing in this country. a nonprofit group, naca, a lot of people have heard of it a whole lot. look. >> i heard about the naca program that helps families like us to get the loan program started. so that's -- i drove 18 hours here. >> 18 hours. why would she drive 18 hours? we'll explain. an they promise to save the american dream when nobody else can. we'll see if they can really do that, coming up. also, answers every parent with young children are looking for. we have them and are sharing them with you right here on "cnn saturday morning." wellbeing. we're all striving for it. purina cat chow helps you nuture it in your cat... with a full family of excellent nutrition...
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certain high blood pressure medicines the way aleve sometimes can. that's one reason why doctors recommend tylenol more than any other brand of pain reliever. foreclosures are on the rise again. some areas are far worse than others. now, last month a record number of defaults, repossessions and auks were filed. more than 360,000 in all. look at the impact. according to reality track, 1 in every 355 homes in the u.s. had at least one court filing in july. the worst-hit areas being take a look at this, nevada where one out of every 56 homes is in trouble, arizona one out of every 135 homes is in foreclosure procedures there, and in florida the number is one out of every 154 homes.
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>> desperation? that's the whole new meaning when you're about to lose your home. that's desperate. look at these folks. we'll show you video. they stood in line for days, literally. scorching hot atlanta, george. hotlanta. a nonprofit group was promising to do what no banker before them could do. that's why they were lined up. look at that. they were trying to save the american dream. now, this company, this nonprofit actually, are they the real deal? we're going after that answer this morning. first, though, this report from diana davis with our affiliate wsb showing the neighborhood assistance corporation of america at work. >> you are not standing in line in vain. everybody will be served. >> reporter: in blazing sun, the line estimated at 10,000, all in desperate straits to pay their mortgage. waiting in the hot sun for what they hope will be debt relief indoors, out of work since january, rudy hernandez hasn't paid his mortgage in six months. >> 13 hours in there yesterday. my counselor told me with this
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voucher i could go to the front of the line. now i get there and there's this humongous line. it will take forever to get in there. >> reporter: but the line moved quickly, helping people cut budget and refinance to prevent foreclosure. >> work with us. be patient with each other. >> reporter: minor walker's monthly payment was reduced $300. >> i got a reduction yesterday. today i need to see the mortgage people to verify with the mortgage people. >> reporter: jimmy vicors and his daughter waiting patiently. they have a first and second mortgage on their douglasville house. >> about 1600. >> reporter: can you afford anywhere near that? >> no. that's the reason i'm here in line. >> reporter: counselors say it's a sadly familiar story. >> we know it's desperate. we don't want to go on these tours, but we're forced. to be honest if the government and other nonprofits were doing more, they wouldn't need to stop here.
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>> with me this morning, neighborhood assistance corporation of america, can they do what they claim they can do? >> t.j., i've seen them help a lot of people. they have helped, reduced interest rates. i've seen people that went into the event, got interest rates as low as 2%. they've been a saving grace to many. >> it sounds great. do people need to go with certain expectations? everybody that lines probably thinks they can get help. what are the limitations? >> some people didn't know everything. you can't do fha loans. they're not doing modification on fha loans, which is big. a lot of people in line have fha loans. you've got to understand that and understand they're not the end all to end all. they've got issues too as far as customer service. i've seen people complain and say, hey, i thought i was getting this and nothing happened. or, you know, i went down there, sat in line forever and they turned me away. also seeing great stories of people that got help. you've really got to do homework and research to make sure they can help. >> we did homework, research here. this naca has been traveling
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around, they were in colombia, south carolina, back in march. we'll show you what at least one with of our affiliates reporting, w withis, following story of neil johnson. what they're talking about here is not every company that you might have your loan with, not everybody is willing to work with nacca. how many people do recognize naca as legitimate and willing to work with them to get these loans down? >> i can tell you the lenders i know, naca has relationships or partnerships with lenders, bank of america, citigroup, citimortgage, then also wells fargo. they have a partnership as well. those are the one withes i know. you really have to ask and find out, who will they work with and ask naca that question first of all. >> how many would you say -- i know it's tough to guess out there with all these folks -- what's the percentage of folks for the most part who were out here, we're talking about 10,000 here in atlanta, how many of those folks actually were
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eligible for help? >> what i've been seeing is one out of three that have been able to get some help. some people had stories of, hey, they couldn't help me. but some people are saving $500 a month. somebody called and said they got a 2% interest rate. some people had forbairns, no mortgage payment for six months. they have options that will help some, but not for everybody. some people won't get help. >> you can save yourself a lot of grief and time in line if you just do your homework ahead of time. >> that's it. >> before you go and then find out whether or not they can help. >> do your homework, ask questions, make sure it's for you. >> appreciate it. how's the finger, man? >> it's doing all right. >> trying to cover it. clyde anderson, good to see you this morning. >> you, too. >> nothing gets past you, t.j. well, so many claims flying around about health care. cnn has brought back the truth squad to separate fact from fiction and our josh levs joins us with that.
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what was the word we used earlier to describe the town halls? >> contentious. >> i wanted to go with spirited. >> contentious in some parts. >> in some. we've seen a lot of video around the country. well, the president at a town hall, he's had a couple of these town halls. people were woerndering if peop would yell at the president. the crowd was hand-picked, kind of a friendly crowd. for the most part, it has been pretty nice. we don't have the video for you, but the crowd pretty much kept it civil. he had one in montana, new hampshire as well. pretty much they kept it civil and certainly yesterday in montana as well. he has another one coming up. >> in fact, the president holds another one today in grand junction, colorado. it's just one of several health care-related events going on. pete stark is holding three, in fact, in california. take a look at this map. there is a lot going on. >> he is a brave man to do
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three. >> a lot of these town halls taking place this weekend, a map of that. let's get you to democratic congressman david scott. he is going to be holding a health fair. then who else is doing it? danny davis has a town hall meeting this morning as well and reform opponents will hold a rally in atlanta with former republican congressman dick armey. a lot on the agenda today. if you can get out to get to one, try to. in some places the emotions may be a little high. >> curious to see what will happen. representative scott as we know is the one who had the swafkt ka painted on his office after he had a shouting match at a town hall. not a town hall today, just a fair. >> that's what he had last time. that's when the debate erupted. >> well, he claims that that meeting was supposed to be something totally different. then he got a question about health care. ha's when he shouted the guy down and he said, we're not here to talk about health care.
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the clip you see on tv looks like him and this guy really going at it about health care. talking about the town hall meetings, josh levs looking into health care and this debate. good morning to you again. >> good morning. as we're following these things, we're hearing a lot of stuff shouted. some examples of how contentious this can get. at a town hall just the other day, there were people talking about this idea that the government might ultimately get access to everyone's bank account in the country. take a look. >> on pages 58 and 59 says it gives the government access to private individual bank accounts at their free will. i do not think the government has the right to do that. i would think -- i'd have to brush up on my constitution -- that's unconstitutional. i know definitely it's unamerican. >> i'm just going to give you a couple of facts and our verdict. let's go it. first, something on the graphic to understand, the house bill which is the one bill a lot of people are looking at, 1,000
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pages long, it calls on the government to set rules for electronic transactions. but what we'll show you on the next screen is what it's really designed to do, what it does is create this system, this standardized payment system, between insurers and doctors. so hospitals and doctors offices can get paid. and the idea behind the bill is they'll get paid in the way that's the most efficient, avoid duplication and it specifically is not designed to cover every of individual out there. so when the truth squad tackled this one, we said that accusation out there is simply false because the provision affects companies in medical billing, not individuals. guys, that's one of the many rumors flying 0 around. there are so many that we've actually set up a system at cnn.com/healthcare. check it out. when you go there, you'll see on the main page we bring you to some of our fact checks. you can see we'll be looking at one later this morning, will new health bill cover illegal immigrants? we'll have the verdict on that a couple of hour frz now.
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all of it, including the one i was just talking to you about, you can see any time of day, cnn.com/healthcare. we're going to keep growing this thing in the coming days. it's interesting, pulling together all of these reports, video,s everything you need to know, the facts from fiction. join us there and keep watching here for truth squad throughout the day. >> it's so important because when you see a lot of the video coming out of the town hall meetings, a lot of it is the shouting and shoving and whatnot. a lot of people at home want to know, what are the issues and where can i get answers? a great site where you can do that. thank you, josh. >> thanks. well with, we were waiting for a song. don't expect you to bust out in song. >> i will not be singing. >> let's improvise. fantasia, there she is. she is still doing her thing on stage these days, but she's not just singing anymore. throwing in some acting in there as well. i spent some time with her not long ago. hear what medical issue threatened her singing career. and you have to see this
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11-year-old boy. damon weaver, he gets his dream interview and actually makes a new friend. >> when i interviewed vice president joe biden he became my homeboy. now that i interview you, would you like to become my homeboy? >> absolutely. thank you, man. >> you know you've made it when the president is your homeboy. he asked president obama a couple of things, including can he dunk, what can a kid like him do to make a difference, and was obama actually bullied in school? so we'll get you some answers to all of those questions. that's a great interview. stay with us for that. are refor, derailing the debate with myths and scare tactics. desperately trying to stop you from discovering that reform won't hurt medicare. it will actually strengthen it by eliminating billions of dollars in waste and lowering drug prices. tell congress not to let myths get in the way of fixing what's broken with health care.
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so when the moment is right, you can be ready. so finding a good babysitting can be pretty tough, but one company is making it a little more scientific. >> we explain in this week's "how we got started." >> reporter: adrian's resume reads mother of three and professional private
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investigator. so when she considered hiring a certain babysitter she ran a background check. >> i was shocked what i found on her. she had protective orders, eviction notices, things that just weighed on her character. >> reporter: then she started screening all potential sitters for herself, family and friends. >> we had our own pool of sitters here in tulsa. >> reporter: but when adrian and her husband needed childcare while on vacation, they didn't know who to call. on the drive home, they came up with a solution. seekingsitters, an on-call babysitting service that prescreens sitters and their clients. the couple launched the website the very next day. >> our goal from day one was to be a national company. >> reporter: they tried to open an oklahoma city branch from tulsa, but it lacked a local feel. >> that's why we went into the franchising, to have that local person interactive with the community and they know all the girls personally. >> reporter: there are now 31 franchiseses in 12 states. but no matter how big the company gets being the driving
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force is peace of mind. >> you look at that big question, would we trust this sitter with our kids before we send them out to any of our members.
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we've been talking about michael vick. he's found a place to play football. we're getting your comments after he signed with the eagles. alison sent me a tweet. it's time for him to go earn a living after serving time. we have several other comments sharing with you. we appreciate you sending those in. continue to do so. facebook, twitter and also at our blog. more top stories at the top of the hour when "cnn saturday